Biography and Education
Alena Reznik, MD, grew up in Southern California, graduating with highest honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her medical degree from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University where she was awarded a full scholarship. Dr. Reznik completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in ophthalmology at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. After finishing residency in ophthalmology, Dr. Reznik and her family relocated back to Southern California, where she received additional sub-specialty training in glaucoma at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.
With an early interest in ophthalmology research, Dr. Reznik contributed to studies on age-related macular degeneration, dry eye syndrome diagnosis and management, as well as novel approaches to eye emergencies. She has multiple published scientific articles and has presented her peer-reviewed findings at ophthalmology meetings.
Dr. Reznik places significant value on volunteer work and giving back to the community. While at Johns Hopkins and UC Davis, Dr. Reznik was involved in organizing community ocular disease screening events for local underserved communities. Dr. Reznik is fluent in Russian and enjoys spending time with her husband and young son.
Dr. Reznik’s glaucoma research focuses on the development of novel surgical techniques and new approaches to patients with early glaucoma. The aim of her research is to investigate the benefit of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (such as iStent or ECPC or combination of both) in lowering intraocular pressure in addition to cataract extraction.
- MD, Johns Hopkins School, Baltimore, MD, 2009
- UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, 2010
- UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, 2013
- Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
Professional society memberships:
- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
- American Glaucoma Society (AGS)
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
- Women in Ophthalmology Society (WIO)
- Jewish Vocational Services Scholarship, Los Angeles, CA, 2004 – 2008
- May Ballard Scholarship, UCLA, 2004 – 2005
- Present Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society member, 2005
- American Foundation for Research in Aging Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
- Source Community Service Award, 2006
- USA Funds Scholarship, 2006 – 2009
- Tylenol Scholarship, 2006 – 2007
- Evelyn H. Hurlburt & Irene H. Sluckis Scholarship Fund, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD, 2006 – 2007
- Travel Grant Award for AGS Annual Meeting, 2007
- Ethel O. Gardner PEO Scholarship, 2007 – 2009
- Ruth G. White PEO Scholarship, 2007 – 2009
- HIAS Scholarship, 2007 – 2009
- William W. More, PhD, Memorial Scholarship Fund, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD, 2009
- The Marilyn and Marshall Butler Scholarship Award, 2009
- The Roothbert Fund Fellow, 2009
- AFAR research fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2007
- ARVO Travel Grant, 2012
- Richter GM, Madi I, Chu Z, Burkemper B, Chang R, Zaman A, Sylvester B, Reznik A, Kashani A, Wang RK, Varma R. Structural and Functional Associations of Macular Microcirculation in the Ganglion Cell-Inner Plexiform Layer in Glaucoma Using Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography. J Glaucoma. 2018 Mar;27(3):281-90.
- Nagai N, Klimava A, Lee WH, Izumi-Nagai K, Handa JT. CTGF is increased in basal deposits and regulates matrix production through the ERK (p42/p44mapk) MAPK and the p38 MAPK signaling pathways. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 2009;50(4):1903-10. Epub 2008/11/18. doi: 10.1167/iovs.08-2383. PubMed PMID: 19011018; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc2729056.
- Akpek EK, Klimava A, Thorne JE, Martin D, Lekhanont K, Ostrovsky A. Evaluation of patients with dry eye for presence of underlying Sjogren syndrome. Cornea. 2009;28(5):493-7. Epub 2009/05/08. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31818d3846. PubMed PMID: 19421051; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc2693267.
- Reznik J, Salz JJ, Klimava A. Development of unilateral corneal ectasia after PRK with ipsilateral preoperative forme fruste keratoconus. Journal of refractive surgery (Thorofare, NJ : 1995). 2008;24(8):843-7. Epub 2008/10/17. PubMed PMID: 18856241.